New Route Planner

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stu1102
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby stu1102 » 3 May 2014, 4:34pm

I notice that http://cycle.travel/ has a new feature whereby you can view photos of a particular route that you intend to ride

according to a blurb on another forum

' click any part of the route, and click 'View photos'...'

accordingly this produces=

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According to the developer of the site (Richard) 'Particularly useful for planning routes along bridleways/cycle paths where you're not sure how good the surface is. Pics are from the ever-wonderful Geograph.'

PH
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby PH » 3 May 2014, 5:58pm

Great site, I've been using the route planner to cycle with a less confident friend and find the choices the perfect mix of quite routes without sacrificing to much directness, found it easy to alter it when I don't like the choices. I can see me using it a lot more, thanks alot.

Richard Fairhurst
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 7 May 2014, 10:57am

As well as the new photo feature spotted by Stu (thanks!) I've just reworked the circular route feature, so you can drag them about like other routes, add via points, etc. Doesn't sound like much but it took half the weekend... hey ho. Still, testing a bike route planner is always fun. ("It says go for a ride? I guess I'll have to, then...")
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ChrisF
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby ChrisF » 8 May 2014, 1:53pm

I've been experimenting with loads of autorouting for cycling and this (cycle.travel) seems the most intelligent I've found for avoiding both off-road trails and main roads. I've experimented by asking for local routes I know well. Most other planners send you on tracks impossible for a road bike, so full marks for the routing algorithm. Pity it only does UK, I want to do a European tour!
Chris F, Cornwall

Richard Fairhurst
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 9 May 2014, 11:35am

I'm looking at adding Europe! The route-planner has fairly hefty hardware requirements: it's currently running on a 32Gb server and that won't be enough to do the whole of Europe. But there might be ways round that. Any particular countries you'd be interested in?
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stu1102
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby stu1102 » 9 May 2014, 12:57pm

that would be brilliant to add Europe...

France
Netherlands
Germany
Switzerland
Denmark
Spain

would be on my list

also I would like to see the ability to use alternative maps for example, OCM, Google Maps as well

MickTheCyclist
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby MickTheCyclist » 9 May 2014, 1:11pm

Richard Fairhurst wrote:I'm looking at adding Europe! The route-planner has fairly hefty hardware requirements: it's currently running on a 32Gb server and that won't be enough to do the whole of Europe. But there might be ways round that. Any particular countries you'd be interested in?

Northern Ireland would be useful Richard. It is part of the UK.

Rich369
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Rich369 » 9 May 2014, 1:31pm

Richard - excellent route planner.

As an occasional touring cyclist it would be good to have campsites marked under the 'stay' feature - At present I use http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/ Planned routes from campsite to campsite would then be very simple.

sore thumb
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby sore thumb » 9 May 2014, 1:32pm

Now what would be good is a phone app that you could use in real time to plan routes and then follow with GPS on phone.

crossy
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby crossy » 25 May 2014, 11:52am

Can you type in grid references as the start and finish point I'm thinking of doing some of the cycle quest counties

Richard Fairhurst
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 25 May 2014, 2:18pm

You can type in latitude/longitude pairs but not OSGB grid references at present - can look at adding the latter if it'd be useful though!
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crossy
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby crossy » 26 May 2014, 9:09am

OK thanks for the reply good route planner though quick way to find obscure places.

Weimarunner
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Weimarunner » 26 May 2014, 8:48pm

What a brilliant site! Love the route guide section as well as the planning map. Thanks Richard, appreciate your hard work.

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Peter Molog
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Peter Molog » 19 Jun 2014, 3:19pm

Richard,

Somewhere you wrote that there are also campsites on the map. But a lot are missing.

I looked at the map of my own surroundings in The Netherlands. And there are a lot of campsites.

The difference is the tagging in OSM.
"Campsite" is renderderd in your map, but "Caravan Site" is not.

And I know a lot of 'caravan parks' are accepting tents.

I think there is some work to do for the English OSM-community. :wink:

In the next 4 weeks I will start the work. :D
Newcastle-Shetlands and back.
Peter

Please, excuse my English. I'm Dutch.

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Peter Molog
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Re: New Route Planner

Postby Peter Molog » 19 Jun 2014, 3:46pm

Just looked at the OSM-wiki (Should have done it first :cry: )

Tag:tourism=caravan_site

Description: ...They may also have some space for tents. If a site is primarily for tents, it should be tagged as tourism=camp_site

Tag:tourism=camp_site

Description: A campsite or campground is an area, usually divided into a number of pitches, where people can camp overnight using tents or camper vans or caravans.

It seems to be a difference in tagging.

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This a photo of a campsite. (see http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:tourism%3Dcamp_site)

A lot of this sites are tagged in the UK as caravan site.
Peter

Please, excuse my English. I'm Dutch.


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